This collection contains the diary of Rudolf Manes (1699/1) and personal papers of Philipp and Eva Manes (see also WL Doc 1346 for Philipp Manes's papers).
Rudolf Manes was the oldest son of Gertrud Elias and Philipp Manes. Philipp Manes was a German Jewish fur trader who was deported to Terezin concentration camp and perished with his wife in Auschwitz in 1944. Rudolf Manes wrote the diary from 1939 to 1943 whilst in internment and serving with the Foreign Legion. He stopped writing when he was back in regular contact with his sisters who had emigrated to England. In the diary he provides a lively account of his circumstances and living conditions as well as his thinking about his own fate and the political situation at the time.
Also included are photographs and military and personal documents of Philipp Manes (1699/2) such as confirmation of award of the Iron Cross (1699/2/1), First World War army 'Soldbuch' (1699/2/2), First World War military service certificate ('Militärdienstbescheinigung') (1699/2/3), identification document (WL1699/3/1) and marriage certificate (1699/3/3).
The collection also includes a letter from Philipp Manes sent from Theresienstadt concentration camp to his childhood friend Adolf Franck (1699/4/2), correspondence with Sonia Schellong, and letters sent between Eva Manes, daughter of Philipp Manes, and Murrhardter Pelzveredelung Franke GmbH regarding a publication on the fur industry in Berlin and Leipzig (1699/5).